I was waiting for Van Persie and Bergkamp - Klopp lauds Arsenal attack

Jurgen Klopp

I was waiting for Van Persie and Bergkamp - Klopp lauds Arsenal attack

So what's missing? Apathy, for one.

"I'm happy with our performance and I think today the balance in the 90 minutes is more balanced positively with the control against them, but it's very hard to not let them have chances also".

But with the Premier League title race shaping up to be one of the tightest in years, will Liverpool need to spend big in winter to keep pace with the frontrunners?

The two Premier League heavyweights put on a brilliant showing on Saturday evening in a high-class encounter that saw the Gunners' Alexandre Lacazette cancel out James Milner's opener.

MF Lucas Torreira, 8 - A one-man wrecking crew in midfield at times, throwing himself about to win the ball back and constantly looking to instigate attacks. It was a collective effort, one which Emery played his part in with his passion on the touchline, and Arsenal deservedly levelled to claim a draw. It was the fifth goal of the season for the Frenchman who kept Arsenal's unbeaten run intact, now extended to 14 games.

"For our result this point is not enough but Liverpool is a very good test and at the moment we are continuing to work and improve and we are nearer to this performance going forward".

Arsenal had previously lost to Manchester City and Chelsea this season, but gave a much better account of themselves against the Reds and deserved a point.

DF Rob Holding, 7 - Very good in aerial duels and coped well when dealing with Roberto Firmino in close quarters.

So how has Emery inspired such a swift turnaround from the malaise of recent seasons? While the stats won't look all that impressive for him, he was such a workhorse out there, going so far as to deputize at fullback in the dying minutes of the game when the Gunners abandoned having fullbacks altogether in order to push the attack. Torreira, however, is a hugely important addition.

Arsenal's Emirates Stadium home had become a toxic place to be in the last days of Arsene Wenger's 22-year reign.

Well, Klopp has had his say two months out from the January transfer window.

With Bellerin doubtful, Stephan Lichtsteiner is expected to start at right-back, while midfielder Granit Xhaka will once again deputize as the left-back for the Gunners.

Unai Emery's Arsenal showed they can hang with top-class opposition.

But Emery spoke in the build-up to this contest about wanting to write a new history for Arsenal and in this fixture there were signs his players are embracing the new era, which will have been a pleasant birthday treat for their boss.

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